For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Thursday, May 24, 2012
After a Spring Rain
Yesterday was one of those classic late spring days. It had rained the day before so the morning broke with a half sun, with clouds and fog in the mix. The air seemed a bit muggy and the threat for a shower or two did not alter my plan of fishing this little stream.
As I started my walk along the stream the sun was making starting to filter through the trees. It was to be a peek-a-boo type of day with the clouds. The stream is well shaded and the water seemed cool to the touch. But at this time of year I like to check the temps just to be sure. So I dropped in the thermometer in and it read 60 degrees.
While I observed no rises, not that there weren't any, I tied on a wet fly. the Red Pin. I fished the fly in the riffles leading to deeper water with undercuts. Soon there was a strike and a brookie was at hand.
These types of places on small streams always hold a fish or two. The only drawback is that one hookup will cause such a ruckus that it's best to leave and rest the spot.
The woods after a rain are wonderful. The smells are intoxicating, and the leaves are so vibrant, and very wet. This makes for some damp t-shirts and jeans.
This one spot I drifted the fly into with the hopes of working it alongside the undercut bank. As the fly reached the tip of the log a flash came from the undercut and this brook trout took the fly. It all happened within a heartbeat.
"Brook Trout" faster than a speeding bullet, able to strike a Red Pin, and give the holder more pleasure then can be measured.
An Orvis Superfine fly rod. It's a 6ft 4wt full flex, coupled with an English made Battenkill reel. It's a great small stream rod and reel. I purchased this combo about 6 years ago and have only fished at perhaps a dozen times. There is a reason, and I questioned it in a email to Orvis. The rest of the story will follow in a later post.